Gender Regrets? Is the grass always going to be greener on the other side?
Just some food for thought. I do not know anything about this man and do not know whether his story is true or not. I do think there is something to what he is saying. Human beings do experience buyer's remorse and one would think that many people would have regrets after undergoing needless medical procedures.
Sex change regret -- it's real source: Walt Heyer
There's Money To Be Made Either Way
"Reversal surgery in regretful male-to-female transsexuals after SRS represents a complex, multistage procedure with satisfactory outcomes. Further insight into the characteristics of persons who regret their decision postoperatively would facilitate better future selection of applicants eligible for SRS."
Something To Consider:
"The insanity of hormone blockers for kids: One controversial treatment for children with gender dysphoria is the administration of drugs called hormone blockers to delay puberty. The practice is gaining traction without any scientific proof that it is appropriate or effective, and despite the evidence that it can be harmful:
- Most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty. 
- The FDA has not approved hormone blockers for use in transgender children—not even for experimental use.
- A search for one hormone blocker, Lupron, shows that people are reporting serious long-term, debilitating side effects from having used the drug.
Given these facts, why would anyone inject these drugs into children? Doctors and parents want to help the child cope with the distress he or she is experiencing. Is relief of adolescent distress really worth the risk? Most will grow out of the dysphoria. Isn't there some way to work through the distress than experimenting on our children? "
"Gender Regret News If Sex Change Regret Is Rare, Why Are Surgeons Offering Reversal Surgery? I've been reporting about the widespread regret for years while everyone in the media says regret is rare. The Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery says that they have received requests for reversal surgery."
"If sex change regret is so rare, why are surgeons offering reversal surgery?"
"These surgeons are known to perform the reversal surgery:
- Dr. Sava Perovic, Sava Perovic Foundation Surgery
- Dr. Rados Djinovic, Sava Perovic Foundation Surgery
- Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic, Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery
- Dr. Stan Monstrey, Universitair Ziekenhuis
- Dr. Sherman Leis, The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery"
"Of course the answer is: sex change regret is not rare at all."
Something To Think About
Why I detransitioned and what I want medical providers to know (USPATH 2017) source: Cari Stella
Fallacious Media Claims & Identity Propaganda, From The Washington Post:
"4. Transgender people often come to regret transitioning.
One of the most common and misleading tropes about transgender people is that many regret making their transitions. There are websites, YouTube channels and even books dedicated to the topic. One writer, Walt Heyer (who regrets his own transition), claims that 20 percent of transgender people regret transitioning, 41 percent attempt suicide and at least 60 percent suffer from some kind of mental illness. “Suicide and regret,” he writes, “remain the dark side of transgender life.”
These statistics and misstatements are based on outdated research. More recent studies suggest that less than 4 percent of people who get gender-reassignment surgery regret it. Researchers have also found that the surgery dramatically reduces suicide rates among trans people. That makes sense — the surgery can improve self-esteem, body image and general life satisfaction. This is why the international standard of care for adolescents and adults in many countries is to offer transition services."
A True No Return Policy: The "More Recent Studies" Exposed
The new studies that claim that only a small minority have no regrets making permanent alterations to their bodies is based on flimsy statistics. Only a couple of hundred or so people were considered. That is a tiny sample. The "more recent studies" seem to be one study, reproduced, in part, below.
"Only data of the 162 adults were used to evaluate treatment."
"Sex reassignment: outcomes and predictors of treatment for adolescent and adult transsexuals.
We prospectively studied outcomes of sex reassignment, potential differences between subgroups of transsexuals, and predictors of treatment course and outcome.
Altogether 325 consecutive adolescent and adult applicants for sex reassignment participated: 222 started hormone treatment, 103 did not; 188 completed and 34 dropped out of treatment. Only data of the 162 adults were used to evaluate treatment. Results between subgroups were compared to determine post-operative differences. Adults and adolescents were included to study predictors of treatment course and outcome. Results were statistically analysed with logistic regression and multiple linear regression analyses.
After treatment the group was no longer gender dysphoric. The vast majority functioned quite well psychologically, socially and sexually. Two non-homosexual male-to-female transsexuals expressed regrets. Post-operatively, female-to-male and homosexual transsexuals functioned better in many respects than male-to-female and non-homosexual transsexuals. Eligibility for treatment was largely based upon gender dysphoria, psychological stability, and physical appearance. Male-to-female transsexuals with more psychopathology and cross-gender symptoms in childhood, yet less gender dysphoria at application, were more likely to drop out prematurely. Non-homosexual applicants with much psychopathology and body dissatisfaction reported the worst post-operative outcomes.
The results substantiate previous conclusions that sex reassignment is effective. Still, clinicians need to be alert for non-homosexual male-to-females with unfavourable psychological functioning and physical appearance and inconsistent gender dysphoria reports, as these are risk factors for dropping out and poor post-operative results. If they are considered eligible, they may require additional therapeutic guidance during or even after treatment."
Full pdf file: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/bitstream/handle/1871/23255/189321.pdf?sequence=1
Some excerpts from the full study:
As you can read this study is not a sound reflection of reality at all. It reads more like propaganda. It is obviously biased and the sample if obviously too small and limited in scope. Further the study recognizes that not all of the subjects had the same number of procedures. Not all of them "went all the way", as they say. Some had only certain procedures done. The time period is supposed to be a minimum of one year after the procedures, but the study doesn't seem to provide the maximum time value.
"Pre-test data were gathered during the first diagnostic procedure after the first interview. Follow-up data were gathered at least 1 year after surgery. Sessions took between 2 and 3 hours. The Ethics Committees of the UMCU and VUmc approved the study. "
"Subjects: A total of 325 consecutive adolescents and adults, who applied for SR at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam (VUmc) or Uni- versity Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), par- ticipated. Of these, 222 (146 MFs, 76 FMs) started hormone treatment: the ‘starter’ group. Twenty-nine MFs and 5 FMs stopped hormone treatment: the ‘drop-out’ group. The group who completed SR consisted of 188 patients (117 MFs, 71 FMs): the ‘completer’ group. The group who never started hormone treatment consisted of 103 patients (74 MFs, 29 FMs). Pre-test data from this ‘no-starter’ group varied from 89 to 103. At follow-up, some participants had moved abroad, while others were untrace- able, which resulted in 158 (94 MFs, 64 FMs) participants who were interviewed."
"Follow-up data ranged between 136 and 158 because not all participants were willing or able to take part in both an interview and a questionnaire session "
"Questionnaire data for different measures fluctuated from 101 to 126. Since SR patients do not undergo all possible operations, data on breast augmentation were gathered from 52 MFs (21 homosexuals, 31 non-homosexuals), and on metaidoioplasty or phalloplasty from 10 FMs (4 homosexuals, 6 non-homosexuals). Scores on the Appraisal of Appearance Inventory were obtained from 57 adults."
MATURE CONTENT WARNING:
"Satisfaction with surgery. For FMs breast removal is emotionally the most important surgery. They are advised to postpone metaidoio- plasty (transformation of the hypertrophic clitoris into a micropenis) or phalloplasty in view of the fact that surgical techniques are steadily improving. Eleven FMs (28.9 %) were satisfied with their breast removal, 5 (13.2%) were dissatisfied due to the visibility of the scars, and 22 (57.9%) were not completely satisfied. Four FMs were satisfied with their metaidoio- plasty or phalloplasty. One FM was dissatisfied because of urinary problems, while four were not completely satisfied.
For the MFs vaginoplasty is the most im- portant surgical intervention. The majority of MFs (47, 70.1 %) were satisfied ; 15 (22.4 %) were not completely satisfied, mostly because they considered their vagina not deep or feminine enough. Five MFs (7.5 %) were dissatisfied, because they were unable to achieve sexual arousal or orgasm, or because corrective surgery was needed. The majority (34, 65.4%) were satisfied with their breast augmentation; 15 (28.8 %) were not completely satisfied, and three felt uneasy about their breasts being too far apart. "
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